Well, this is it. The YAIAA baseball and softball regular seasons come to an end this week, and several Hanover-Adams area teams have a few games left that will ultimately determine whether their seasons continue.
The Littlestown and Delone Catholic softball teams have just about locked up YAIAA division titles and District 3 playoff spots, while Fairfield and Spring Grove try to fight their way into the district playoffs. In baseball, Delone Catholic, Biglerville, Fairfield and Gettysburg are all in the mix for division titles and district playoff spots, but they still have plenty of work to do. Spring Grove is clinging to a district playoff spot as well.
This week also looms large for track and field athletes competing for YAIAA titles and trying to take advantage of one last shot to qualify for the District 3 playoff meet.
Here are a few key events to keep an eye on:
Red Lion at Spring Grove, 4:15 p.m. Monday: After reaching the District 3 Class AAA title game last season, the Rockets are in danger of missing the playoffs entirely. They've lost several close games in the past few weeks, and now find themselves 7-10 and clinging to the last spot in the district playoffs entering the week. A win in this game against Red Lion, ranked No. 12 in District 3 Class AAAA, would go a long way toward helping Spring Grove get into the playoffs.
Delone Catholic at York Catholic, 4:15 p.m. Monday: The Division IV race is complicated, as the Squires, Irish and Biglerville Canners all enter the week with four division losses. This will be the last game of the season for York Catholic, and the Irish would love to lock up a title against the team that's been dominating the division. Delone Catholic has won every Division IV title since the league went to the four-division format in 2009, and it won all of them outright except a split with York Catholic in 2011.
Gettysburg at Littlestown, 4:15 p.m. Thursday: Entering the week, both the Warriors and Thunderbolts trail York Suburban and Eastern York by one game in the YAIAA Division III standings. Depending on what happens earlier in the week, this game may or may not have division title implications. At the very least, it will affect whether Gettysburg gets into the district playoffs. The Warriors start the week ranked No. 15 in Class AAA, where the top 16 teams make districts.
Fairfield at Littlestown, 4:15 p.m. Wednesday: The Thunderbolts should have a Division III title locked up by this point, but there will still be some pride on the line as they look to complete an undefeated season in YAIAA play. A win here probably won't come easy, as the Green Knights need every win they can get as they try to lock up a District 3 Class AA playoff spot. They enter the week ranked No. 7 (the top 10 make it), and they'd pretty much seal the deal by beating their neighbors to the east.
Track & field
YAIAA championships, 3:30 p.m. Friday at Dallastown: The entire track and field season has been building to this. All the dual meets and all the invitationals have been preparing YAIAA athletes for the next three weeks, when their performances matter most. YAIAA champions will be crowned in every event on Friday, and the event also gives athletes who haven't qualified for districts yet one last chance to meet the qualifying standards.
Keep an eye on South Western senior Lynne Mooradian, who has left Dallastown with four first-place medals in each of the last two seasons. Other Hanover-Adams athletes who could have a big day include Spring Grove pole vaulter Nathalie Elliot, who placed fifth at the Penn Relays, and Bermudian Springs thrower Gabby Emeigh, who won the discus and shot put at the Adams County Invitational.